2019 Player Review: Erica Wheeler

Height: 5-7

Position: Guard

Age: 28

Years Pro: 5

College: Rutgers

Acquired: Undrafted. Signed as a free agent, 2/8/16

Overview: Erica Wheeler made history in 2019 when she became the first undrafted player in league history to win All-Star Game MVP. A staple in the Fever lineup, Wheeler started all 34 games and averaged 10.1 points per game. She set new career-highs in assists (5.0 APG) and rebounds (3.0 RPG). Wheeler also eclipse 1,000 career points, making her the 12th player in Fever history to accomplish that feat, as well as the 5th undrafted free agent in WNBA history to reach 1,000 points and 500 assists.

Notable Performances:

 

June 1: In the home opener against New York, Wheeler finished with 10 points, making her the 12th player in Indiana Fever history to reach 1,000 points.

June 21:A season-high 28 points and eight assists helped Indiana to a road win at Chicago.

June 29: In an 102-97 loss to Las Vegas, Wheeler finished with a career-high two blocks and near double-double with 19 points and eight rebounds.

July 14: Against Connecticut, Wheeler recorded her 500th career assist, making her the 5th undrafted free agent in WNBA history to garner 1,000 points and 500 assists.

July 15: Voted in by the WNBA coaches, Wheeler was selected for her first WNBA All-Star game, becoming just the fifth undrafted WNBA All-Star in history and the only one to debut in the past 17 seasons.

July 27: During the 2019 WNBA All-Star game, Wheeler shot 9-for-17 overall and 7-for-13 from 3-point range to finish with 25 points. She also had seven assists and four rebounds, passing Tamika Catchings’ All-Star mark from 2005, and becoming the first undrafted player to win All-Star Game MVP in league history.

July 31: Wheeler recorded a career-high five steals with 15 points and five assists in a 61-56 win over Atlanta.

August 20: With five assists against New York, Wheeler became the franchise leader in single-season assists (171), surpassing Fever legend Tamika Catchings.

August 27: In a dramatic win against Las Vegas, Wheeler finished with a career-high seven rebounds.